James 2:1-10 (New American Standard)

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The Sin of Partiality

1 1My brethren, 2do not hold your faith in our 3glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of 4personal favoritism. 2 For if a man comes into your aassembly with a gold ring and dressed in b5fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in 6dirty clothes, 3 and you cpay special attention to the one who is wearing the 7fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool," 4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges 8with evil dmotives ? 5 Listen, 9my beloved brethren : did not 10God choose the poor eof this world to be 11rich in faith and 12heirs of the kingdom which He 13promised to those who love Him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and fpersonally 14drag you into gcourt ? 7 15Do they not blaspheme the fair name hby which you have been called ? 8 If, however, you 16are fulfilling the iroyal law according to the Scripture, "17YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF," you are doing well. 9 But if you 18show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the jlaw as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole klaw and yet 19stumbles in one point, he has become 20guilty of all.
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